The Discussing Hufflepuff #5: ‘ANOTHER book set in that world?’

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Can you believe it’s Christmas already tomorrow? I’ve got a Christmas post coming up tomorrow, but today it’s time for another Discussing Hufflepuff. Today I want to talk about something that has been annoying me for a while now.

Next year Lady Midnight is coming out, another book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Chain of Gold, also a Shadowhunters book, will hopefully be released in 2017. The Hidden Oracle, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series The Trials of Apollo, will also be released in 2016. Now you may think: Michelle, where are you going with this? What do these books have in common?

All these books get comments, mainly on Goodreads, along these lines: ‘ANOTHER Shadowhunter book?’ ‘ANOTHER mythology book?’ ‘Can’t they write something else?’ and the infamous ‘they’re doing it for the money!’.

This really annoys me. You don’t have to read these, you know. A lot of us, including me, are very excited about these new series. Why does it bother you so much? The authors, and the fans, are not ready to let go of these worlds yet. They still have many stories they want to tell, they find them fun to write, and most of us find them fun to read, so what’s the big deal? Yes, they can write something else. And they have. Rick Riordan has written non-mythology books. Cassandra Clare is writing The Magisterium series with Holly Black. But if they hadn’t, what does it matter? They’re doing what they love, I say let them. As someone who loves to write, I’m sure not going to criticise them.

Also, how many people complained about Blood of Olympus? When I finished it, I figured there was going to be another series. I mean, spoiler: Apollo went missing for crying out loud. Uncle Rick couldn’t just leave it at that. I’m not remembering this wrong am I? I didn’t make this up myself, right? There were things left unresolved, and many more things we complained about that I won’t specify here to avoid spoilers, but if you’ve read Blood of Olympus and you’re part of the fandom, you probably know what I’m talking about. It sounds like all our complaints will be resolved in this new series, so why are we complaining? (when I say we, I’m obviously not including myself. I’m not complaining. I’M HELLA EXCITED. Remind me to never use ‘hella’ again please)

But what even irks me more, is that when authors don’t write another series set in the same world, people also complain (okay I’m guilty of this one). We whine and whine that there’s no book series about the Marauders. If J.K. Rowling announced that series today, would anyone say ‘another Harry Potter book’? And if afterwards she announced a series about the Founders, would anyone say it then? No, forget I asked that. Probably someone will. My point is, we often want more series set in these worlds. We’re often not ready to let go. And again, if you are ready, you don’t have to read this new series! No one will point a gun to your head and force you to (I hope).

And ‘they’re doing it for the money’? UM. IT’S THEIR JOB. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE NEED MONEY TO SURVIVE. THEY NEED TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND BUY FOOD. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO WRITE WHEN THEY’RE DEAD BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF FOOD. Guys, I would KILL (okay, maybe not kill) to be able to write for a living. I know a lot of us are. They’re writing something they love, and they’re being paid that way. If a chef makes another pasta, will you go ‘NOT ANOTHER PASTA. CAN’T YOU COOK SOMETHING ELSE FOR A CHANGE?’ Please stop criticising authors for writing several books/series set in the same world. Unless there’s a really good reason to do so! If there is, please let me know.

So what do you think? If you disagree with me, let me know! I’m really curious to find out more about the other side of this ‘debate’. AND WHO’S ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THE HIDDEN ORACLE, LADY MIDNIGHT AND CHAIN OF GOLD?

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The Discussing Hufflepuff #4: Is a 5-star Rating Equal to a Favourite?

What is this? A Discussing Hufflepuff? Yes indeed, your eyes are not deceiving you! I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do one this month either, but as I was trying to organise my Goodreads shelves (with the emphasis on trying) I suddenly got an idea for a Discussing Hufflepuff post.

See, when I rate a book 5 stars, that doesn’t automatically mean I consider it a favourite. Hell, some of my 4-star books are among my favourites as well. So in my case, a 5-star rating isn’t equal to a favourite.

And I was wondering… Am I the only one?

When I look at my 5-ratings on Goodreads, there are actually quite a few books on there that are not on my favourites shelve (not counting manga. There are so many volumes that I never put manga on any other shelves beside ‘manga’. Maybe I could put volume 1 on my favourite shelve…). There are also quite a few 4-star books on my favourite shelves. So now you might be wondering, how do I decide when a book is a favourite of mine?

It’s quite simple (in my mind) when it comes to 5-star books: it could be an amazing book, without any flaws, and thus worthy of 5-stars, but if it doesn’t give me a certain feeling (I can’t really describe this feeling, but it’s a feeling I get when thinking of my favourite books), it doesn’t really blow me away, the characters don’t stick with me nor does the story, it’s not a favourite. Basically, it’s all based on feeling.

But how about 4-star ratings? Can a flawed book be a favourite? 

Maybe other bookworms only consider 5-star books favourites, but I certainly don’t! I accept that a book isn’t always perfectly written, that it has plot holes and what not, but if the story and the characters make me fall in love with them… Well, it’s a favourite.

To make all of this a little less vague (like siriusly I can’t blame you if you’re not following me here), here are some examples of 5-star books that are not favourites and 4-star books that are.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – ★★★★★

I love Uncle Rick and his books and will defend his writing at all times, but The Kane Chronicles just didn’t blow me away. While I liked Carter and Sadie (especially Sadie), they’re not in my heart. The plot felt the same in every book (I guess you could say that the plot in a lot of his books are similar, but it was just too similar and it felt like I was reading the same book every time) and it just didn’t blow me away. Still, I couldn’t see a reason why to give it less than 5 stars! My complains were small (to me).

The first four books of The Mortal Instruments series – ★★★★

You may or may not know that this is one of my favourite series, but until the fifth book I didn’t give away five stars! City of Glass is the book that made me fall in love with the series though, so at that point I started considering the series a favourite, even though I gave the books 4 stars. See, the main reason I gave the first three books four stars is because they were a bit too predictable and not much happened in the fourth one (though I still loved it. Mango), but that didn’t mean I didn’t love the story, the characters and the world!

So here’s my question to you fellow bookworms: is a 5-star rating equal to a favourite?

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